• The Wonders of Wheat Germ Oil

    Posted on February 16, 2011 by in DIY, Hair, Skin

    I recently discovered the amazing benefits of wheat germ oil for skin and hair. Wheat germ oil is a fantastic health and beauty superfood for its rich content of vitamin A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids, lecithin, protein, minerals, and vitamin B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, and F.  Its high antioxidant and regenerative properties make wheat germ oil a perfect addition to any beauty regimen.  I’ve found a few wonderful ways to use wheat germ oil daily.

    DIY Healing Face Body & Hair Oil

    What you will need:

    Unrefined Coconut Oil

    Wheat Germ Oil

    Tamanu Oil

    Mix 4 tablespoons of coconut oil1-2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil, and 1-2 tablespoons of tamanu oil in a bowl.  If the coconut oil is in its solid state, you can warm it slightly in a double boiler or just mash it a bit.  Do not allow the wheat germ oil or tamanu oil to be heated with the coconut oil as they are more sensitive to heat.  Add the other two oils separately without heat.  Store in a clean glass jar for daily use.

    This oil blend will help with scars, stretch marks, mature aging skin, sunburned skin, dermatitis, and dehydrated skin and hair.  Feel free to play with the ratios of oils to discover what works best for you.  If you are acne prone omit tamanu and coconut oil for oils higher in linoleic acid.

    Wheat Germ Oil For Hair

    Wheat Germ Oil is great to add to deep conditioning or pre-shampoo oil treatments, as a scalp massage oil for increased circulation, and to protect the ends of hair.  Wheat germ oil is a ceramide oil and will increase lost moisture to the hair while adding shine, strength, and softness.  It has a pH of 4.25 which is perfect for hair care and keeping the hair cuticle closed and free of breakage.

    Wheat Germ Oil For Health

    The essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals in wheat germ oil are wonderful for the overall health of our bodies and organs.  It is extremely beneficial for our immune, nervous, reproductive, and cardivascular system.  I’ve also included 1-3 teaspoons of wheat germ oil to my Minimalist Beauty Smoothie as another action packed beauty food ingredient.  A teaspoon of wheat germ oil can also be added to non-dairy yogurt, oatmeal, or juice.

    The shelf life of wheat germ oil is about 6-8 months and should be refrigerated.  It works well with other carrier oils especially for increased shelf life, and because of its strong aroma.

    Wheat germ oil is also an oil high in linoleic acid which is amazing for acne prone skin.  Read more about these types of oils here.

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15 Responses so far.

  1. lea says:

    Should you apply wheat germ oil to dry or wet hair? Which would be best for dry-type hair?

  2. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi lea,
    My hair is dense with fine strands and tends to be dry. I personally prefer to apply oils or my favorite coconut milk/oilas a pre-poo to dry hair. I also do my henna treatments on dry hair as well. Do whatever is easiest and also whatever your hair responds well to. Sometimes it is trial and error to see what works the best. Hope that helps!
    ~Dawn Michelle

  3. misha says:

    How long does Wheat germ oil last?
    Do you store it in the fridge?

  4. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Misha,
    Wheat germ oil is one carrier oil that has said to be refrigerated after opening on certain bottles. It had a shelf life of two years. After you open it I would start refrigerating it then.
    Enjoy your day!

  5. misha says:

    Thanks for your reply. By the way which essential oil would go well with wheat germ oil? It has a rather distinctive scent…..

  6. BrownCurls says:

    I have just recently started learning about Wheat Germ Oil as well. Another possible benefit is that it has a naturally high SPF. And it can be combined with carrot seed oil which has a high SPF as well. Apparently according to the all knowing Google, a combo of wheat 80% +20% carrot seed can provide an spf as high as 40. I am getting ready to try and test this on my skin. If so, I kight move to using my other oil mix (with tamanu, Rosehip, jojoba) for my evening oil and use the wheat/carrot mix as my daytime oil.

    Also, I’ve learned that you need to apply oils to damp skin, they do absorb so much better that way. You can spritz with just distilled water or a combo of aloe juice and distilled water. Apparently skin can get thristy too!

  7. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi BrownCurls, This is awesome information! I’ve been using carrot seed essential oil in one of my facial serums, yet I had no idea that it could create such a high SPF mixed with my beloved wheat germ oil. Wheat germ oil is my current absolute favorite for my hair. I do mix wheat germ oil with essential oil to create a sweet scent though. If you can remember where you found the info online please share the link. I also love what you said about oil absorbing better in the skin when wet. I believe that is the main reason why toners are so popular. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. BrownCurls says:

    Hi Dawn!

    yes, I find the whole SPF thing fascinating. I have a child who is very fair and freckles easily and this is a very high risk factor for god forbid, the terrible “C”. But I have always been weary of layering him in thick SPF creams full of chemicals, which I do nonetheless have to use when it is high summer and he’s out all day. So I am very interested in any possible alternatives.

    As far as carrot seed oil, the source that keeps coming up as cited is some study in 2009 by Pharmacognosy Magazine. I haven’t located it yet, but I read about it here:http://wakeup-world.com/2012/05/14/natural-sunscreen/ and here: http://happyzine.co.nz/2012/01/18/the-good-news-about-natures-spf-protection-by-joel-le-blanc/

    Here’s another summary about SPF in oils that has some references at the bottom: http://www.ehow.com/list_7557101_natural-oils-contain-spf.html

    Here’s a natural sunscreen that uses zinc oxide but also some great oils like jojoba, olive and shea. I like the list of ingredients, and it is very reasonably priced (I am paying $20 for 2.5oz of DeVita while this is $11 for 5oz) Unfortunately shipping was another $5, but still cheaper than DeVita, So I am giving it a try, specially to see if it works for my son as he really doesn’t need the HA in DeVita’s.

    The concern I have with the oil as SPF is that it is not water resistant, so for kids that’s tough when they are swimming in the summer, and also, I don’t know how often you have to reapply even outside the water, especially in my case with kids. I have a feeling that ongoing use must have some positive cumulative effect, but who knows.

  9. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi BrownCurls, I’m hoping to have a moment to check out all of the links that you sent this week. Also I love the Devita sunscreen. I’m actually almost out of it, but I prefer to only use zinc oxide based sunscreens. Here is a list of other zinc oxide based sunscreens.

  10. BrownCurls says:

    Hi Dawn: thanks for that link for your review of sunscreens. We did use Badger last Summer, it is pretty thick though. The kids definitely walked around white faced LOL they don’t really stand still long enough for me to blend it in. But if I can’t find anything better, we’ll probably go back it to it. Glad to see it made your list of safe ingredients.

  11. BrownCurls says:

    Well I just tried Badger’s new Face Stick, and it works really well for the kids. It’s an improved formula I think, so much easier to smear and blend in. Thanks for pointing me in that direction! http://www.drugstore.com/badger-unscented-sunscreen-face-stick-spf-30-unscented/qxp296638

  12. Dawn Michelle says:

    You’re so welcome BrownCurls!

  13. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi BrownCurls, Yes I agree that Badger’s sunscreen is really thick. I also have used it for the base of my DIY foundation. That stuff doesn’t sweat off either.

  14. Verona says:

    Why do you prefer to use only zinc oxide sunscreens?

    http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/a-recipe-for-natural-homemade-sunscreen/

    This site has a homemade recipe, my friend tried it and loved it, I plan on making it this summer!

  15. Dawn Michelle says:

    Hi Veronica,
    I prefer zinc oxide based sunscreens because they are considered healthier than titanium dioxide. It is kind of a sensitive topic in general as you can also find debates that zinc oxide may not be that great either, yet chemical sunscreen ingredients definitely need to be avoided. Here is an article I wrote on sunscreens. There are a few natural oils and butters that have some sun protection as well, but that is an article in itself. I’ll check out the recipe when I get a chance too!